On June 16, 2021, OakDOT staff Emily Ehlers emailed the BPAC Infrastructure Committee, sharing the 95% plan set for a repaving and road diet project on Martin Luther King Jr. Way from 7th Street to 20th Street, just west of Downtown. Robert Prinz, Brendan Pittman, and Dianne Yee reviewed the plans and submitted comments, mainly concerning upgrading curb ramps and potentially adding painted bulb-outs.
We received a small Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grant to repave MLK, Jr. Way from 20th Street to 7th Street, reallocating space for motorists to space for people biking. Given the size of the grant, there isn’t much flexibility in the scope. I’ve attached the plans for your review, but please let me know if you’d appreciate a formal review of the plans at an upcoming BPAC Infrastructure Sub-committee meeting.
My colleagues, Nigel Brown and Colin Piethe, have been leading outreach. We’ve sent mailers to all the residents and businesses on and near the corridor and walked the corridor twice chatting with passersby, business owners, and residents. Today we also reached out to the two Neighborhood Councils in the area. This segment of MLK, Jr. Way is relatively quiet and hasn’t generated any pushback to or enthusiasm for the bike lanes and road diet, at least to-date. If you have suggestions for other outreach strategies, please let us know.Emily Ehlers, OakDOT Planning and Project Development Manager